#spiritualtimeswithToby – 5

Winter Volunteer Mailout 2016

Now speaking of prayer, what is it?
It’s often said that “one of the very basic things about the Christian life is praying” and that “prayer is like breathing for the Christian”.*  Just as anyone needs to breathe to live physically, a Christian needs prayer to live spiritually.
Obviously then, prayer is pretty important for living a Christian life.

The most basic definition of prayer is “talking to God.”* But prayer is so much more than that.  It is more than just communication to God, because after all, God always hears us.  What then, makes our prayer different than just communication?  Prayer is different because “Prayer is the practice of the presence of God.”*  To be consciously aware of God’s presence we must abandon our pride, humble ourselves, bow our knees**, confess our sin, receive God’s forgiveness, and beg that the will of the Lord be done above our own. Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God.  Prayer is acknowledging God for who He is and praising Him because He deserves it.  Prayer is an act of worship.  Prayer is the needful practice of the Christian. Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.*

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